Recently Grateful Dogs Rescue was asking if anyone could temporarily foster a seventeen year old blind chihuahua mix named Josh, whose family was recently evicted and is trying to get back on their feet. Lisa, one of our previous adopters and a current Grateful Dogs Rescue volunteer, very kindly and generously offered to take this poor old guy in temporarily.
A few days ago he stopped eating and, after all efforts to tempt him with tasty treats, she took him to the vet where they ran some diagnostic tests:
A Grateful Dogs Rescue board member spoke to the vet and it is all bad news. He has like six different things going on. Liver, pancreas, inflammation, possible cancerous mass – any one of those things could be making him feel bad. The next step in treatment is of course very expensive, and really of questionable value (ultrasounds, hospitalizations, etc).
Sadly, it looks like euthanasia is the only reasonable and humane alternative. Josh is not a Grateful Dogs Rescue dog so we cannot pay for his vet care, and his family is homeless and they can't afford to pay, so now Lisa is stuck with all the bills. In addition to $600.00 for the diagnostic tests they ran, there will be the cost of euthanasia unless he is taken to the shelter and left there until they can get around to it -- a very sad end for this poor sweet dog.
Lisa has set up a Chipin account at http://getwelljosh.chipin.com/joshs-vet-bill Please consider making a donation to help Lisa with these unexpected vet bills she incurred in the process of so generously helping a stranger's dog.
Thank you all for your generosity!